I'm writing with an update about a previous email I sent a while ago:
At the University of Illinois, we're looking to hire a visiting research scientist to work full-time on yt and yt-related projects. This position can be remote, and the expected salary will be at or above $65k (plus benefits). I also want to note that this position will certainly involve engagement beyond yt's traditional applications in astronomy!
The job posting is here -- we extended the search, and it will now close on March 15, with a flexible start date that could be as soon as April.
This job would be to work on the underlying infrastructure of yt, and would present opportunities to familiarize yourself with some other components of the modern data science ecosystem and the pydata stack, including things like dask, xarray and so forth.
I think that this position may be particularly interesting to individuals looking to transition to industry, as well as those who are interested in pursuing jobs in academia that are more focused on research software. This job is posted as part of the School of Information Sciences, but it's within a research group that spans the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Astronomy department, the Institute for Genomic Biology and other groups and institutes on campus.
This position will also provide ample opportunities for interdisciplinary work with academics, the open source scientific software ecosystem (SciPy, PyData, etc) and for travel and professional development. You'd get to work with folks involved in yt and you'd get to have a hand in developing and designing some really fun tools for data analysis and visualization. (And we have an annual sweetcorn festival in Urbana -- $1/cob!)
Please do reach out to let me know if you have any questions about the opportunity, and if you know anyone you think might be interested, it would be very helpful if you could pass this information along to them.